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Saturday Planning – 3/12 to 3/18

March 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Planning my menus on Saturday before my grocery shopping trip is my go-to method for keeping organized and saving money by only buying what I need.

With that, here is my meal plan for 3/12/2011 to 3/18/2011, in no particular order. It’s pretty boring, since there is a lot of leftovers and I have no help in the brainstorming.

  • Quinoa Chili from (Never Home)Maker (vegan)
  • BBQ Tofu, Israeli Couscous, Broccoli & Kale (vegan)
  • Leftover Vegetable Korma and Spinach/Potato/Chickpea curry (vegan)
  • Beef Stew (link)

It’s the second week in a row that I’m stealing a recipe from (Never Home) Maker. Sorry! I just looks really good. I’ve made lots of chilis before but none with quinoa, or any other grain, in them. Chili cook-off is this week at my work (I think, if it actually happens) but I won’t bring anything in. I’m sort of a non-participator.

I also picked a second new recipe this week – a beef stew that I’ll make tomorrow. It was actually my first time buying wine for anything (since I don’t really drink) and I had to ask the wine lady to help me find a red wine for cooking 🙂 We’ve got some chuck roast from the quarter of a cow we bought from my husband’s uncle (that he raised!) that we’ll use for the recipe.

Tomorrow’s Race

Tomorrow I am running my second 5k – the Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5k in downtown Ann Arbor. There is a Daily Mile meet-up afterwards that I might go to as well. Need to decide… I really need friends in Ann Arbor though. Such a loner.

Saturday Planning – 3/5 to 3/11

Planning my menus on Saturday before my grocery shopping trip is my go-to method for keeping organized and saving money by only buying what I need.

With that, here is my meal plan for 3/5/2011 to 3/11/2011, in no particular order. It’s pretty boring, since there is a lot of leftovers and I have no help in the brainstorming.

  • Vegetable Korma from (never home)maker
  • Spaghetti with zucchini
  • Leftover Potato, Spinach, & Chickpea Curry
  • Bean Burgers with couscous, broccoli
  • Leftover Mussaman Curry

Exercise Planning

Also, due to the races I’m participating in this year that I am training for, I thought it would be a good idea to make an exercise calendar. Since I need to train for biking and running races, I want to make sure that I don’t do too much of one of the other and am ill-prepared.

Each week will be basically the same in March, with the exception of any other appointments I have.

  • Sunday: Six Week Six Pack
  • Monday: Gym (morning), Bike (outside or trainer)
  • Tuesday: Six Week Six Pack, Running
  • Wednesday: Bike (trainer), Gym
  • Thursday: Six Week Six Pack, Running
  • Friday: Six Week Six Pack, Bike (outside or trainer)
  • Saturday: Six Week Six Pack, Running

Now all I need is a heavy dose of motivation to wake up and work out…

Saturday Planning – 2/26 to 3/4

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Planning my menus on Saturday before my grocery shopping trip is my go-to method for keeping organized and saving money by only buying what I need.

And I’m finally back! I’ll make another post, maybe tomorrow, about all of our (mis-)adventures out in Colorado, but for right now, I really need to plan a menu for this week!

With that, here is my meal plan for 2/26/2011 to 3/4/2011, in no particular order.

  • Quinoa with leeks, garlicky stir-fried greens (kale/chard)
  • Spaghetti with zucchini
  • Potato, Spinach, & Chickpea Curry (link)
  • Bean Burgers with couscous, broccoli
  • Mussaman Curry with potatoes, carrots, tofu
  • Leftovers… that curry makes a lot

It might not seem like much to get… but we always end up doing a ton of running around on Saturday. It makes me so glad that the husband gets prototype cars from work (with free gas!) to drive around so I don’t have to drive my car that sounds like it’s going to explode.

We’ve got the food co-op, Whole Foods, Great Harvest, Asian grocer, and the mall to stop by today. Better get going!

Saturday Planning – 2/13 to 2/20

February 12, 2011 4 comments

Planning my menus on Saturday before my grocery shopping trip is my go-to method for keeping organized and saving money by only buying what I need.

This coming Wednesday, the 16th, I leave for Colorado for a couple days of much needed vacation.

Pre-Colorado Meal Plan

  • Yakisoba with veggies
  • BBQ Tofu, Israeli Couscous, and a veg
  • Leftover Lasagna, for real this time

Colorado Meal Plan
When we are in Colorado, we’re spending the first night at my friend Amanda’s apartment and then it’s up bright and (really) early to head out to Copper Mountain. The five of us have a condo we’re staying in at the mountain with a full kitchen.

I have been tasked to create the meal plant for five people.

  • all meals have a vegetarian option (predominately for me)
  • all meals must be gluten-free or have that as an option

With that, here is my meal plan for Colorado.

Breakfasts each morning: fruit, bagels, eggs (hardboiled?), cereal (GF)
Lunch each day: vegetarian black bean chili
Dinner Thursday: Tacos, Mexican rice
Dinner Friday: Stir Fry
Dinner Saturday: some kind of curry, depending on what sauces the Whole Foods in Denver has

I’m super excited for Denver AND not being at work. The only problem is that I know the emails will be piling up while I’m out. Boo to that 😦